Mental Health Essentials for Family Law Professionals (full day)

Learning Level: Introductory 
CE Credits: 8 General CLER Credits including 1.0 Ethics and 1.0 Mental Illness Awareness; 8.5 hours for Family and Dependency Mediators

Family law has become a diverse and increasingly complex field that is equal parts law and psychology. The purpose of this workshop is to provide professionals with current, practical, and empirically based information to guide their work in family law cases. Professionals who do not have a background or training in essential mental health knowledge or skills will learn about:

  • child development
  • importance of attachment
  • family systems theory and interventions
  • cognitive behavioral theory and interventions
  • impact of divorce on children and parents
  • parenting styles
  • personality disorders and other types of mental illness
  • empirically based parenting plans

This workshop provides an academic foundation of mental health essentials for the family law professional, including an update on the latest empirical research on factors associated with risk in children following divorce, including parent conflict, quality and type of parenting, loss of relationships, multiple transitions, protective factors associated with better outcomes in children, and implications for working with parents and children.

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